V. T. Hamlin's Early Work


The Eclipse Yearbook.
Perry, Iowa: Perry High School, 1920.

High School Yearbook

The high school yearbook of Dorothy Hamlin, nee Stapleton, from 1920 contains some early illustrations and comics by V.T. Hamlin, aka "Snic." Hamlin once said he "always drew because [he] couldn't help it." At the age of eleven, he first drew the character that later became Alley Oop, and he published his first cartoons in the Perry Daily Chief four years later.


Flip and Flap
nd (1928?)

Flip and Flap

Flip and Flap was another early strip of Hamlin's, featuring a pretty flapper girl and her boyfriend. It was a brief experiment that was never picked up, but these drwaings show what may be the origins of Ooola's beauty and Alley Oop's oddly-shaped legs.